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Postby Mata Hari » 11 months ago

This is the thread for talking about books. Books are important to read. You should try it.

Yesterday I finished reading Let the Right One In and I enjoyed it a lot. Oskar and Eli's relationship is very sweetly portrayed even as Eli precipitates horrific things. It's funny how you don't perceive her as the villain even though she obviously is when you think about it. Arguably she even ruins Oskar's life,

but at least he doesn't have to worry about bullies any more.



Mind you, most of the horror stuff didn't really bother me except when

Lacke snaps the neck of one of the cats attacking Virginia. I have a cat myself, and I'm the first to admit I'm a crazy cat lady, but I still don't know how to feel when I care about fictional cats more than fictional people.

Oskar getting bullied is also a little affecting since, unlike vampires, bastards like that exist IRL.

I also wonder why Eli chooses to present as female. Is he/she a crossdresser? Transgender? Was being castrated just a coincidence? Or is presenting as female a self-defence mechanism? Even nowadays people tend to think of girls as more innocent than boys; it's a marginal advantage, but one that would add up after 200 years. I guess it's open to interpretation, unless there's an explanation in Let the Old Dreams Die, which I have but don't plan to read until after La Belle Sauvage.


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Postby aka Cthulhu » 11 months ago

Re-reading for the who-knows-how-many-times the Discworld novels. Already at Men at Arms.

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Postby Mata Hari » 11 months ago

aka Cthulhu wrote: Re-reading for the who-knows-how-many-times the Discworld novels. Already at Men at Arms.
Are you really reading all of them in order? The only ones I haven't read are the ones I don't really have any interest in reading. Which is sad. But then it's not like there aren't a shitload of Discworld books anyway.

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Postby aka Cthulhu » 11 months ago

Mata Hari wrote:
aka Cthulhu wrote: Re-reading for the who-knows-how-many-times the Discworld novels. Already at Men at Arms.
Are you really reading all of them in order? The only ones I haven't read are the ones I don't really have any interest in reading. Which is sad. But then it's not like there aren't a shitload of Discworld books anyway.
More or less. I might have messed up the exact order once or twice, though.

Also, found a novelization of Metal Gear Solid 2 on a bargain bookstore. It's been forever and a half since I played the game, but reading through it I am pretty dang sure that every line of dialogue in that novelization is word for word the dialogue in the game. Oh well. At least it's cheap.

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Postby Coryman » 11 months ago

Why are novels in English classes always so depressing? We read Monkey Beach (very tragic), then the first part of Maus (less tragic but still way more than most books). With both books, I read them in basically one sitting, then stayed up late watching youtube to cheer myself up
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Postby Mata Hari » 11 months ago

I think people tend to assume that more depressing stuff is more intellectually worthy. Which obviously isn't really true. But I get why they'd assign Maus, because learning about the Holocaust is a good idea. I haven't heard of the other one.

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Postby Coryman » 11 months ago

Monkey Beach is about an indigenous community on the coast of BC, I think it was assigned to teach the foreign students about their history in the area.
I used to believe the whole thing about sad stories being more meaningful or intellectual or whatever, but in my grade 12 English class we studied a book with- believe it or not- a happy ending. It started off a bit dark but it got better
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Postby Kshaard » 11 months ago

Dave Bulmer - you may remember him from such all-time hits as "Not Roy" and "two Brentalfloss collaborations" - did/is somehow still doing a video series in which he goes through the first Stormlight Archive chapter by chapter. After watching that series for about two years without the faintest idea what was going on, I thought I may as well get the book. Read the first two in about a month instead of revising for A levels. Now I've fallen deep down the Cosmere rabbit hole and am currently about halfway through Warbreaker. AMA!

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Postby Mata Hari » 10 months ago

I just finished La Belle Sauvage and, well... the second half was a lot more enjoyable than the first. The first half was basically a massive exposition dump that really exposed the clunkiness of his dialogue. And a lot of it was exposition that doesn't have payoff in the book itself.

Relf and Malcolm's parents and all that just disappear after the flood and doesn't come back.

I assume it's stuff he's saving for the other two books, but it was still definitely a bit much to just... drop,

especially since the second book, at least, isn't going to come back to it right away

. He definitely could've done with trimming the first half and expanding the second half.

The second half, after the flood, was a lot more interesting, but it was very... episodic. It basically felt like dude was saying 'and then what happened? And then what happened? And then what happened? OK I can't think of anything more to happen, time to wrap it up.' It didn't all come together to create a coherent trajectory.

Bonneville just pitches up and dies within about five seconds. While there were definitely points in the story where Bonneville and the CCD felt like proper threats, they had very much deflated by the end.

The ending itself was far too brief and, as I said, left way too many plotlines hanging.

I mean I did actually enjoy it. Dude has always had rock-solid concepts. Was it overhyped? Yes, but considering the hype it got over here, that was inevitable.

e: Having looked into it apparently Malcolm appears as a minor character in a supplemental story to His Dark Materials. Considering that I haven't read any of the HDM supplement stuff, and how friggin long it's been since I've actually read HDM itself, I wouldn't be surprised if there were a lot of references I was missing, potentially including stuff he doesn't come back to in LBS. But I dunno.

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Postby HamsterZerg » 9 months ago

Personally, I feel that Captain Underpants is more intellectually worthy than The Hunger Games, at least in part because it doesn't pretend that it doesn't reduce humanity to a species of blithering idiots for the sake of its storytelling. And from what I can tell, humanity in Captain Underpants is more intelligent than humanity in The Hunger Games, because for all the poor decisions people make in the former, it doesn't lead to a situation where they feel that ritual murder disguised as a competition is a good idea. Also, there's still quite a bit of intelligence from characters that actually bother to show it in Dav Pilkey's signature book series, from the scientist introduced in the fourth book, to one of the more prominent bullies throughout the series, to the two kids who brought the titular character to life. The Hunger Games... yeah, everybody going along with it and only protesting when they're chosen to take part in the slaughter is not a good sign.

tl;dr- Go read Captain Underpants, not The Hunger Games.
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Postby Ashan » 9 months ago

Captain Underpants was my jam back in the day

I even did my own comics back in like 3rd grade
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Postby Mata Hari » 9 months ago

Captain Underpants is good yea.

Harold is canonically gay, in the last book they go to the future and he has a husbando.

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Postby Ashan » 9 months ago

Oh great so now my parents hate Captain Underpants too
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Postby Rockythechao » 9 months ago

One more thumbs up to Dav Pilkey. Also the Spelunky and Earthbound entries in the Boss Fight Books series are good reads, the former especially as a game design resource.

Oh, I did a bunch of reading for my fantasy literature class last semester too -- finally got to The Little Prince (I had seen the movie beforehand but hadn't read the original book) and Kafka's Metamorphosis. Went through a few offerings from Julio Cortázar and Edgar Allan Poe as well.
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